contentsNATURAL LEARNING SPECIAL • OCT/NOV 2009 ISSUE 31
IN DEPTH 10 BIRTHING THE PARENT
Mandy Clare explores the gifts that parenthood has to offer new families 16 HOME SWEET HOME
Creating nurturing environments for children by Pam Leo FAMILY LIFE 15 SUNDAY SELECTION
Things to do on a relaxing family Sunday 18 SPIRITUAL PARENTING
Natalie Fee blows Spiderman’s cover and restores peace and harmony to her son’s room 64 MODERN DAD
Adharanand Finn turns midwife and helps his wife deliver their third child 90 THE GOOD LIFE Making
use of hedgerow gifts such as nettle and crab apples to create country wines LEARNING 33 EDUCATION NEWS
The best alternative schools and news about the home education review
4 The Green Parent
35 MAKE YOUR OWN
Joan Gorman shows how to create a fun game 37 NATURAL LEARNING
Gill Kilner explains how home education works for her family of five 38 ON THE BOOKSHELF
Great green reads for the whole family SEASONAL FOOD 41 ON YOUR PLATE The real
forbidden fruit and pleasing pumpkin recipes 43 PRESERVE IT Delicious
jams and spreads to make use of gluts in your garden WELLBEING 47 HEALTH TIPS Solve
teething troubles and try natural remedies to avoid flu bugs this autumn 49 TRIED AND TESTED
Our reader panel put natural and organic shower gels to the test 50 HEALING TOUCH How
massage can be used to treat common childhood ailments
19 LEARNING SPECIAL 20 MONTESSORI EDUCATION Can Montessori teaching and attachment parenting actually work together? asks parent and educator, Rachel Bee 24 MAKE YOUR OWN TOYS Craft projects for beautiful, simple natural playthings that you can easily make yourself, at home, including a hobby horse 26 PHILOSOPHY FOR CHILDREN Lou Lou Pulford explores creative thought with her primary school pupils and discovers the huge benefits it offers 28 GETTING STARTED IN HOME EDUCATION Exploring ideas and tips for parents interested choosing the alternative route
This section looks at some of the different methods of education available. Whether you are inspired by
the child led approach of the Montessori classroom, want your child to attend the local primary or have chosen home
education, you will find lots of useful resources inside.
20Explore how basic skills are
taught in the Montessori
classroom and if this can work
alongside attachment parenting.
24Making toys from natural
materials is a fun activity
with a great end result. Why not
make your own hobby horse?
26Discover how school children can really explore
an issue using philosophy lessons
as a starting point for discussion.
28All your questions about home education answered
with advice on how to get started
and why it works for families.
32The latest educational news. Discover the best
alternative schools, learn about
forest nurseries and art events.